Wal-Mart to Increase Charges on Suppliers

June 24, 2015


 A Wal-Mart Stores company distribution center in Bentonville

Wal-Mart Stores will begin charging fees to almost all vendors for stocking their items in new stores and for warehousing inventory, raising pressure on suppliers as the world’s largest retailer battles higher costs from wage hikes, reports msn.money (June 24, 2015). The company  just started informing suppliers about the fees and other changes to supplier agreements. The changes will affect 10,000 suppliers to its U.S. stores. Continue reading

Will Robots Eat Our Jobs?

June 9, 2015

hbr“There is no shortage of angst about the relentless advance of digital technology and what it means for the work force, if not humanity,” writes The New York Times (June 8, 2015). Dire warnings have come from no less than Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and Bill Gates. So, to paraphrase many recent headlines, “will robots eat our jobs?”

Not necessarily, according to two new entries to the debate. One is a lengthy cover article in The Harvard Business Review (June, 2015), “Beyond Automation: Strategies for Remaining Gainfully Employed in an Era of Very Smart Machines” The other is a new McKinsey study, “A Labor Market That Works: Connecting Talent With Opportunity in the Digital Age.”

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